Beyonce is getting daughter Blue Ivy ready for show business already, this time around with a role in her latest video Formation, which she uploaded online on 6 February. The songstress released it via Tidal, a day before her performance at Sunday's Super Bowl.
The video, which has been partly filmed in New Orleans, shows imagery of the damage the city suffered following Hurricane Katrina. It also makes strong references to racial discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement, with one scene showing a young black girl dancing in front of a group of police officers dressed in riot gear and another focusing on a Martin Luther King newspaper.
Beyonce's daughter, Blue Ivy and husband Jay Z make an appearance in the video. Blue Ivy can be seen doing a little dance of her own, while holding the camera's attention.
While the singer has received positive reviews of Formation, some people are not happy about the video. Los Angeles-based filmmaker Chris Black claimed the video's director Melina Matsoukas used clips from a short film he produced without giving him or the others involved, credits for the same.
Black posted on Twitter saying the new video had made use of certain scenes from That BEAT, a documentary he made about New Orleans bounce music. Mashable reported that Black was contacted by Lily Keber of Mairzy Doats Productions a week ago about the use of their footage in an undisclosed artist's music video. Since the filmmakers did not own the footage as it was commissioned by Nokia and Sundance, no permissions were required from them.
"We don't mind our work being shared or celebrated, but we put a lot of work into it and we just wanted credit," Black explained. Following the post, Matsoukas responded with one of her own in which she gave credit to him and Abteen Bagheri, who directed the documentary.
Watch the Formation video below: